Help washing a dark cotton top with white embroidery

AlicewaveJune 8, 2008

Hi there, this is my first post in a while but I'm a big lurker. Anyway, I have a beautiful navy cotton top with lots of white embroidery. I haven't washed it yet but I am worried that when I do the navy dye will stain the white embroidery and it wont look as nice. The label says wash cold delicate cycle but I have experienced dye transfer even in cold cycles, although not since I got my LG front loader but I haven't really tried anything like this in it. Any tips to prevent this or should I just send it to a dry cleaner, or perhaps use dryel? The shirt will not be the same if the white is not white, if you know what I mean. :(

Thanks!!

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lindac

I would use cold water with about a cup of salt....to set the dye if possible....and I would include one of those
dye catcher cloths. I forget what they are called but they grab ambient dye in the wash and rinse water/
And be sure to get it right out of the washer and into the dryer or on the line immediatly after the last spin.
It says washable....so I would wash it and scream to the store if it runs!
Linda C

    Bookmark   June 8, 2008 at 10:17AM
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michelle_phxaz

Embroidery should be done with a polyester thread so it won't hold color if the shirt bleeds. I would do as the tag says.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2008 at 7:50PM
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lindac

Polyester...ie dacron, is the worst material for grabbing and holding coloir. It's one of the reasons why so many items that are "blends" get dingy looking.
Linda C

    Bookmark   June 10, 2008 at 10:39AM
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Alicewave

Thanks for all the responses. I tried the salt with the color catcher, and then right into the dryer and it came out beautifully! I've had the dye transfer happen to other garments and now I can prevent it. Thanks!!

    Bookmark   June 13, 2008 at 7:39AM
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